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Proposed Water Rules Upset Some Residents

July 4, 2008

By Martin E. Comas, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jul. 4–TAVARES

Dozens of residents, city officials and business owners turned out to a public workshop Thursday to learn about a proposal that would limit watering lawns to one day a week — no more than three-fourths of an inch each time — from November through March. The St. Johns River Water Management District proposal would allow watering twice a week between March and November, depending on a home’s address number. Not everyone agreed with the new proposal. Charles Clark of Fruitland Park said the new rules will dry up thirsty lawns and lower real-estate values. “There are many older people — retirees — here in Lake County who have St. Augustine grass on large lots. Letting this grass die will cause the values of their properties to decrease,” Clark said. “Please do not make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.” The district’s current rules limit lawn watering to two days a week, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

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